The Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF) has extended its program, Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI), to the Don Bosco Technical High School and the Liberty Elementary School of the Monrovia Christian Fellowship.
Play-and-stay coach Amos J.S. Barker has been tasked to train the students of the two schools.
The addition of the two schools summed the schools to eight (8) that are part of the JTI, which was formally launched in December 2017.
Some of the schools and coaches who are in the JTI are St. Peter’s Lutheran High School and Sis. Mary Laureen Brown’s School of Excellence, under coach Morris A. Ben.
Coach William Nornie is responsible for St. Teresa’s Convent and B.W. Harris; while coach John Koffa Wreh handles SOS Children’s Village.
LTF technical director Alfred Kandakai in separate remarks on Thursday, February 15, on the campuses of Don Bosco Technical High School and the Liberty Elementary School on 8th and 9th Streets respectively, said the JTI aims to introduce tennis in schools and communities to develop the game.
“The JTI is free of charge because we want the children to learn, practice, and become tennis stars,” coach Kandakai said. “We want a new breed of children to represent the country in national and international competitions. So we want you to take interest and take tennis seriously.”
The LTF donated 48 red balls, 24 pink balls, two sets of mini-nets, and 15 pieces of junior rackets to each school.
The principal of Don Bosco, Father Sony Joseph Pottenplackal, thanked the LTF and told the students, “Sports is important in education.”
Annie Payman of the 12th grade said: “We are happy to learn tennis as a sport and for our health.”
The principal of Liberty Elementary School, Benetta Gibson, urged the students to be disciplined because sports as a recreation helps to create the environment for learning.
“Every Friday, beginning tomorrow (today), the kids will begin to learn tennis, and there are about 21 of them who have already expressed interest. The ages will range from 8 to 13, which is from 2nd to 6th grade.”
De-Andre E. Davis and Irene Sumo of the 2nd grade said separately, “It will be fun!”